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Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
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My Cousin Vinny (1992), Untamed Heart (1993), Only You (1994), The Wrestler (2008).
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Marisa Tomei (born December 4, 1964) is an American stage, film and television actress. Tomei first came to prominence as a supporting cast member on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World in 1987.
She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the comedy My Cousin Vinny (1992). She received Best Supporting Actress nominations from the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for her roles in In the Bedroom and The Wrestler, as well as a BAFTA Award nomination for The Wrestler.
Her most commmercially successful film to date was What Women Want, followed by Wild Hogs (2007), and Anger Management (2003). She received critical acclaim for her performances in Unhook the Stars (1996) and Before the Devil Knows You`re Dead (2007).
Tomei, an Italian American, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Patricia "Addie," an English teacher, and Gary A. Tomei, a trial lawyer. She has a younger brother, actor Adam Tomei, and was partly raised by her paternal grandparents, Rita and Romeo Tomei. She is not related to actress Concetta Tomei. Tomei grew up in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. While there, she became captivated by the Broadway shows that her theater-loving parents took her to and became drawn to acting as a career. After graduating from Edward R. Murrow High School, she attended Boston University for a year, transferring to New York University in 1983 after landing a role in the soap opera As The World Turns. Soon afterward, she dropped out of school as her career began achieving success.
Tomei followed up As the World Turns, in 1987, with a role on the sitcom A Different World. Her breakthrough comedic performance came in My Cousin Vinny (1992), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. After her Oscar win, she received a Screen Actor`s Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Female Supporting Actor for Nick Cassavetes` Unhook the Stars. Next, she received an American Comedy Award nomination for Funniest Supporting Actress for Tamara Jenkins` Slums of Beverly Hills. She was nominated for a Satellite Award, as Best Supporting Actress for What Women Want.
Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Mohr wrote in his book Gasping for Airtime that, as guest host in October 1994, Tomei insisted that a proposed sketch about another actress not be used because she didn`t like the idea of making fun of her, which displeased the writers and performers, given the show`s penchant for satirizing celebrities.
In 1996, Tomei made a guest appearance on the sitcom Seinfeld, playing herself in "The Cadillac" two-part episode. In this episode, George attempts to get a date with Tomei through a friend of Elaine. She has also made an appearance on The Simpsons, as movie star Sara Sloane who falls in love with Ned Flanders.
She received her first Golden Globe Award nomination and her second Academy Award-nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Todd Field`s In The Bedroom (2001).
In 2003, Tomei appeared in the hit Anger Management with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. In 2005, she was featured in an ad campaign for Hanes with the slogan "Look who we`ve got our Hanes on now", featuring various other celebrities including Michael Jordan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Damon Wayans, Matthew Perry and, on Spanish-language advertising, Aracely Arambula and Pablo Montero.
In 2006, Tomei had a recurring role on the TV series Rescue Me, playing Johnny`s ex-wife Angie. She won a Gracie Allen Award for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work in the 4 episodes she was in the show.
In 2007, she appeared in the comedy Wild Hogs alongside John Travolta, Tim Allen, William H. Macy and Martin Lawrence. The film was a blockbuster hit and was one of the highest grossing movies of 2007. She also starred in the Sidney Lumet-directed Before the Devil Knows You`re Dead, opposite co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke. This role received extra attention because the usually modest Tomei had nude love scenes with both Hoffman and Hawke. In 2008, Tomei performed nude dance routines in another provocative role as a stripper, in the independent film The Wrestler opposite Mickey Rourke. She was nominated for a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award for this performance. Numerous critics heralded this performance as a standout in her career.
Tomei has also done substantial work in the theater, including taking lead roles on Broadway in Wait Until Dark (1998) and Salomé (2003), and many Off-Broadway plays.
In the early 1990s, Tomei dated Robert Downey, Jr. (her co-star in Chaplin and Only You). In 1999, she dated actor Dana Ashbrook and had a relationship with Frank Pugliese. As of 2009, she is dating actor Logan Marshall Green.
Tomei is the recipient of an honorary degree from Boston University.
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Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn, New York, City, New York, United States (1982)
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts (Transferred), New York University, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States (Dropped Out)
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Red, Pink, Green
Patricia 'Addie' Tomei
Adam Tomei (actor)
Marisa Tomei ( ; born December 4, 1964) is an American and Italian (dual citizenship) actress and producer. In a career spanning three decades, she has received critical acclaim and various awards and accolades for her performances. Following her work on the television series As the World Turns, she came to prominence as a cast member on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World in 1987. After she had appeared in a few films, making her debut in 1984 with The Flamingo Kid, she came to international attention in 1992 with the comedy My Cousin Vinny, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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TV commercial for Hanes brand casual active wear and underwear (2005).
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Celebrity Talent International
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